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Aul tense after BJD worker’s murder


Reported by Vishwanath Kumar

Aul/ Kendrapara, May 20 :

The post-poll situation has once again turned volatile in  the Aul assembly constituency in Odisha’s  politically-sensitive Kendrapara district, with the supporters of the ruling BJD staging road blockades and forcing a shutdown of the local market place to protest the brutal murder of a party supporter on Monday evening.

Tension continues to prevail across the Assembly constituency following yesterday’s murder. Protesters paralyzed vehicular traffic by staging road blockades  at various spots along the Cuttack-Chandbali state highway. The shop-owners had downed their shutters as the ruling BJD had given a bandh call in Aul, police said.

A 45-year old supporter of the ruling BJD Ranjit Nayak was killed allegedly by Congress supporters in Kaanrapur village under the Aul police station limits late last  evening.

It may be recalled here the Aul area had witnessed post-poll violence on 19 April as Arjun Rout, a BJD supporter was killed and four others were  injured following an attack by rival Congress workers.

” No untoward incident was reported during today’s agitation. However police are kreeping close watch on the situation. Hunt has been launched to nab the assailants who hacked to death 45-year-old Ranjit Nayak yesterday, said said Kendrapara Superintendent of Police, Rabi Narayan Behera.

Two BJD men have been killed in poll-related violence so far.

“Law-enforcing agencies have  failed miserably in  bringing the situation under control while the Congress workers are on a rampage  letting loose a reign of terror across the constituency,” alleged BJD district wing vice president, Gourahari Pati.

However, the district Congress president and newly elected MLA from Aul Debendra Sharma refuted the charge and said the party had little to do with the incidents of violence.